They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel. And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. (Acts 14:6-17 KJV)
At Lystra Paul gave this teaching to the gentiles there (as recorded):
- Paul’s focus was to turn them to the Living God.
- In times past allowed all nations walked in their own ways.
- But he blessed all people of the earth as a witness i.e. as a God of all earth He still allowed the nations to carry on with life as also did Israel his chosen people.
- We find a common focus later on at Athens
Now these very gentiles that Paul preached to, probably went on to become bishops and would later introduce Trinity in their ignorance. Paul and Barnabas only preached the simple truth. They did not change from the God of the Old Testament to a new God of the New Testament. They preached the ONE GOD of both testaments and were turning people to him. Trinity turns the focus to Jesus and teaches to ignore the ‘God of the Old Testament’.